Polymyalgia Rheumatica Causes & Risks

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Causes

The exact cause is not known. Inflammatory conditions tend to be due to some kind of problem with the immune system. Some evidence suggests that certain viruses could be responsible for PMR and GCA. Genetic factors may also play a role as well.

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase the risk for PMR and GCA include:

  • Age: 50 and older
  • Sex: female
  • Ethnicity: PMR is most common in Caucasians, particularly those from northern Europe

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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